Thursday, January 13, 2005

Who Taught the Sun?

Yesterday we were discussing how looking at creation – in this case the stars in the sky – testifies to a Creator, a God who made everything and put the world in order. One of the great weaknesses of evolutionary theory is that it offers no explanation for the incredible order of the universe in view of a supposedly chaotic origin. As humans, we know our tendency is toward disorder, whether it is keeping a locker straight or a bedroom or a hairstyle; we must exert effort to put things in order. And most of us have an innate desire for significant order in our lives. We tend to eat on a schedule, sleep on a schedule, and, hopefully, study regularly if we’re to thrive.

Nicole C. Mullen sings Redeemer, one of my favorite songs. The lyrics pose these questions:

Who taught the sun where to stand in the morning?
Who taught the ocean you can only come this far?
Who showed the moon where to hide till evening?

The chorus concludes: “I know my Redeemer lives. All of creation testifies there’s life within the Christ.” I’ll ask my more-computer-savvy-than-I-am teenager later if she can find an audio link to this song, and I’ll add it here. I'd love for you to hear the whole song.

The Bible says that people who reject God are without excuse because “what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.” (Romans 1) In other words, God’s presence in our world is evident, and from the beginning of history, the vast majority of humanity has believed in God, although not in total agreement about who he is and how he operates.

Maybe you are wondering whether God is real. Maybe when I stated yesterday that he knows your name, maybe you doubted. Try looking for him, for evidence of his work on earth. You might be surprised what you find.

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse." Romans 1:20